12 killed as bandits attack Zangon Kataf, Kaduna
Twelve persons have been reportedly killed by armed bandits who attacked Peigyim village, near Kibori, Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state on Sunday evening.
The attack was confirmed by the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan.
According to a statement by the commissioner, the assailants stormed the village on Sunday evening, killing 12 residents and injuring two others.
The victims were identified as follows; Philbia Ysuaf, Suzanna Ezekiel, Rahib Alex, Ishaku Bamaiyi, Deborah Ishaku, Tinat Bamaiyi, Zichat Kefas, Sunday Daniel, Hauwa Gabriel, Fedelia Famson, Sadia Donald and Goodness Kefas.
According to Aruwan, the injured residents were currently recieving treatment at a health facility.
Upon receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed grief at the report of another deadly incident in the area.
He sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims slain in the mindless and gruesome attack, and prayed for the repose of their souls.
The governor wished the injured residents a quick recovery.
The statement further said the security agencies are poised to sustain patrols in the area, as investigations into the incident progress.
Chronicle NG reported that less than 24 hours before the latest incident a pastor of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Reverend Silas Ali, was murdered by unknown assailants in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The victim was the presiding Pastor of ECWA church in Kibori-Asha Awuce in Zangon Kataf.
Reverend Ali was last seen on Saturday when he was said to be on his way to Kafanchan.
The butchered corpse of the clergyman was later found by a search party on Sunday at Kibori community, near Asha-Awuce.
Matchete marks on his body indicated that he was attacked and butchered to death.
As usual, the commissioner confirmed the incident and the governor gave his condolences to the family of the victim.
One can only imagine how long the killings of innocent citizens will continue in Southern Kaduna.